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-term strategic agreement right now, which, to which afghanistan president hamid karzai has indicated strong support. all of that is tied to a long- term partnership there. the idea that -- afghanistan president hamid karzai wants us to leave is one i just don't sign up to. we certainly had our challenges with respect to being there and dealing with the afghanistan president hamid karzai government, that said, we worked our way through a lot of that, david patraeus in particular, the civilian fese. the private contractor piece. we, with the afghans, developed a afghanistan national security force that has got increasingly better. that's really the long-term answers. >> your confident that the build up is sufficient? >> when you look back over the last 18 months in terms of what they had, in -- with respect to training infrastructure, trainers, schools, they had virtually nothing. we were recruiting people off of the street on a friday and putting them in the field on monday. that has changed dramatically. we have upwards of 35,000 finalliens in training this week in the various schools. we f
. this was something president hamid karzai asked me for and i am proud that britain is able to deliver. we intend to lead the academy from 2013 in addition to maintaining our current role in the office of candidate school which is due to merge with the academy in 2017. we will continue our efforts to help afghanistan build a viable state but our support cannot be on condition. in my meeting with president hamid karzai i made clear the responsibility of the government to ensure british taxpayers' money is spent well and spend wisely. i emphasized to president hamid karzai held important it is that he certainly bridge the problems around the bank and the need for a new imf program. i asked him to support the new democratic process. and i made it clear that while britain wants to stand by afghanistan be on the end of our combat mission we, we do so on the basis of afghanistan must help its of too. almost all insurgencies have ended with a combination of military pressure and political settlement. there is no reason afghanistan should prove any different. as we strengthen the afghan government and se
in afghanistan that the top u.s. commander is now calling unfathomable. the half brother of hamid karzai gunned down in his own home. ahmed wally karzai was an influential figure inside afghanistan and a very controversial one who had deep connections with the white house. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence. lots at stake here as well, chris. what do we know? >> wolf, afghans who have been complaining about corruption in the afghan government probably will shed no tears at the death of ahmid wally karzai. on the other hand, he helped hamid karzai exert fouer down in the south in kandahar where the president probably would not have been able to exert that power. so his loss british columbiaens karzai at a time when negotiations with the taliban move forward and it also may have very big repercussions for the u.s. effort in the south. people called president hamid karzai's brother a corrupt gangster. but the cia's former head of counterterrorism says the u.s. may miss him. >> it's quite like live that what follows is going to be something that will not work to our interest.
/politics.com. >>> afghan president hamid karzai half-brother has been assassinated. ahmed wali karzai shot during a kar gathering at his home. zain verjee joins us now. any details you can tell us? >> we understand a bodyguard shot him. a gathering at his own home in kandahar. a bodyguard said i want to talk to you about something. they went into another room and he was shot. he was shot and had bullets in his head, his chest, possibly his hand as well. they rushed him to the hospital. he did not survive. kyra, this is a really significant death. this is a man who was the most powerful man in all of south afghanistan based out of kandahar an nothing happened in that entire region without him. he controlled the area for his brother, the president hamid karzai. it was really critical for the united states because they really depended on him for their ability to move forward with the anti-taliban campaign. they held their nos because this guy was corrupt dealing in the drug trade, although he denied the allegations but it was believed he was fueling the drug trade, as well as profiting from private securi
for president hamid karzai's brother, ahmad wali karzai, who was killed this week. four people died in the blast, which is described as a suicide attack. it comes on the same day the united nations released the latest figures on civilian casualties in the context of this year. they saw a spike in numbers with a 15% rise in the past six months compared to the same period last year. the annual report shows that 1,462 civilians have been killed in fighting since the beginning of the year. the un missions says 80% of those deaths were caused by insurgents and international forces in afghanistan. let's talk to our correspondent in the afghan capital. this reinforces concerns, perhaps, that kandahar is becoming more volatile after ahmad wali karzai's death. >> yes, that's right. that's the sense a lot of people are getting. the blast took place just after noon at one of the major mosque s. the president was not there himself. all four of his remaining brothers were, as well as a number of senior afghan officials. it was a large gathering. we understand that the suicide bomber tried to enter the mosque
an explosion at a memorial after the after for the slain brother of hamid karzai. the government says a senior cleric was killed and 11 others wounded. ahmed wali karzai, a powerful political presence in kandahar, was killed this week at home by an associate. president hamid karzai was not at today's service. >>> indian officials say they have no leads in yesterday's deadly bombing in mumbai. three bombs exploded during rush hour killing at least 17 and wounded 131 people. police say there was no warning and no group has claimed responsibility for that. in 2008, terrorists killed 166 people during a siege that lasted several days. >>> u.s. lawmakers have asked the attorney general to investigate rupert murdoch. they want to know if murdoch's company broke any u.s. laws for allegedly bribing police in the phone hacking scandal that forced murdoch to close his largest paper. mean dock pulled the plug on a it is 12 billion business deal. elizabeth palmer has more. >> reporter: it's a sight many people thought they would never see, media titan rupert murdoch in retreat. he abandoned his controvers
, including new details about the plot that led to the as asad nation of hamid karzai's half brother. we'll have a live report this morning. >>> plus, a tough message for fugitives this morning. do not, i repeat, do not appear on a nationally televised dating show as this guy did just before he was nabbed. we'll have his story a bit later. >>> first, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. with the august 2nd deadline now just about 2 1/2 weeks away, congressional leaders heading back to the white house today for yet more negotiation. their fourth meeting in a week to try to raise a deal on raising the country's debt ceiling. president obama discussed the potential consequences of default with cbs news. >> can you tell the folks at home that no matter what happens, the social security checks are going to go out on august the 3rd? they're about $20 billion worth of social security checks that have to go out the day after the government is supposedly going to go into default. >> well, this is not just a matter of social security checks. these are veterans checks, these are folks on disabil
. it was a brutal attack in of dennis than that claimed the life of hamid karzai's half- brother. ahmad wali karzai, the head of the kandahar provincial council was accused of being devolved in the drug trade and dealing with the taliban. the taliban is claiming responsibility for the assassination which has opened up a power vacuum. >> he describes himself as the most powerful men in southern afghanistan. few disagreed. ahmad wali karzai was a controversial figure. in kandahar today, the walls of sight of his compound were closed. the president's half brother lived under the tightest security. only the closest could get close. without saying a word, he shot him twice. he welcomed president sarkozy of france. he said, this morning, my younger brother was murdered -- martyred. this is the life of afghan people. we have all suffered the same kind of pain. forgive me for not speaking with a smile today. ahmad wali karzai was said to be deeply involved with the heroin trade. the allegations strained relations with afghanistan's allies. in april, he told a bbc documentary crew about attempts on his life
to the objective shared by president hamid karzai that the afghans should assume lead reform stability across the country as a whole by the end of 2015. last monthresident obama announced that the u.s. would withdraw 10,000 forces from afghanistan by the end of this year and will complete the removal of the u.s. surge by the end of the summenext year. at the time of the u.s. surge the u.k. increased its core force by an extra 500. for our part i have already said we will withdraw 4 uk military personnel by february of 2012 antoday i imagine the u.k. will reduce its force levels by a further 500 from 9,500 to 9,000 by the end of 2012. this decision has been agreed by the national security council on the advice of our military commanders. these reductions reflect the progress being made in building up the a and s f. is worth noting for every u.s. soldier who leaves that the surge is removed to afghans -- two afghans will take their place. this is the start of a process that will ensure by the end of 2014 there will not be anything like a number of british troops as there are now and they will n
, the assassination in afghanistan today of president hamid karzai's half brother, ahmed wali karzai, seen as the most powerful man in southern afghanistan was shot in his own home in kandahar by a man he knew and trusted. mandy clark is in kandahar. >> reporter: ahmad wali karzai was rushed to this kandahar hospital but with multiple gunshot wounds there was no chance he would survive. outside in the street lay the body of the man who had gotten through a tight ring of security to gun him down. >> my younger brother was murdered in his house this morning. president hamid karzai announced. ahmed wali karzai was a tribal council leader and considered the most powerful man in southern afghanistan. the attack stunned the city that has been hit by a series of targeted assassinations. this is the place, headquarters in kandahar city. just moments ago word of the shooting came through as the police chief was wrapping up his interview with us and he rushed out to take charge. general abdul raziq told us that security was improving in the city when his two cell phones lit up at once. karzai's death leaves a l
. >> afghan president hamid karzai equated the loss-his half-brother with the suffering of his country men. >> god willing is there will be an end to pain and suffering of afghan people and peace and security will be implemented in the country. >> visiting french president nicolas sarkozy offered condolences, saying the death was reminder of the potential cruel destiny of each afghan today. despite the outpouring of sympathy, the head of kandahar provincial council was a controversial figure in the country there were persistent allegation about the links to the opium trade. hamid karzai always defended his younger brother and managed to protect him despite long-standing campaign to have him removed. privately, nato officials detested wali karzai but if they wanted anything done, they had to go through him in an interview with fox news last year, he promised to turn over a new leaf. >> that is the past. now a new beginning. we are working together. >> the u.s. officials tried to work around him by pumping millions of dollars in infrastructure works in areas outside his control. control of k
of the burden. >>> geithner says he is confident a deal will get done before august 2nd. >>> hamid karzai says today reflects the suffering of afghan people. his brother was shot by a bodyguard at his home. he was known as most powerful politician in southern afghanistan. he was also facing several corruption accusations. taliban has claimed responsibility for the assassination. officials have raised concern that it will lead to new fights who controls afghanistan's southern province. >>> board of supervisors will vote today on a proposal to ask 12 other california bodies if they want to break away from california and form their own state. it calls for creating south california stretching from san diego and orange county into the south to mariposa county and riverside county supervisor jeff stone believes california has become too big to govern. a spokesman for the governor says it's a waste of everybody's time. >> peace and quiet, popular hotel chain unveils the first anti-snoring room. >> and first and last shuttle spacewalk is happening right now. >> and firefighters in one bay area station
for the assassination of the half brother of the afghan president hamid karzai. ahmad wali karza was considered by many to be the most powerful man in afghanistan. his bodyguards killed the attacker. coming up on abc-seven usenews at noon new details in the privacy scandal affecting the world's biggest media mogul. and, a facelift for a local shelter. volunteers are making major changes. but first our >> fire officials are investigating a fire that destroyed a manhattan synagogue last night. firefighter suffered minor injuries when the roof collapsed. the fire left much of the upper east side blanketed in smoke. the historic synagogue was undergoing renovations, and now the congregation wants to rebuild. >>> today is the last space walk of the shuttle missions. ♪ i love you more than the sun and the stars in the sky. ♪ astronauts are currently working to retrieve a broken ammonia pump. they will end their 13-day mission next week, marking an end to the shuttle program. >>> in britain the phone hacking scandal is widening, with more allegations being leveled against media mogul rupert murdoch. earl
of afghan president hamid karzai has been shot to death at his home in kandahar. one of his body guards shot him. we'll bring you more information when we have it. >>> britain's former prime minister gordon brown is the latest victim of phone hacking. the sun and sunday times improperly obtained personal information like bank and medical records on his family. two senior police officers will be grilled by a committee of mps why they didn't investigate phone hacking claims earlier. >>> u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton has criticized syria for failing to protect embassies after pro-government demonstrators broke windows and spray painted walls. no one managed to get into the building. >>> divers are still searching for victims of a deadly boat disaster. the boat was overloaded, not licensed to carry passengers when it sank on sunday. president dmitry medvedev ordered an investigation. >>> u.s. president barack obama is meeting with lawmakers for another round of debt talks on tuesday. the debate stalled over how to slash the deficit and raise the debt ceiling before the u.s. defaults. r
extentchanceef of smoking later in life. >> the brother of afghan president hamid karzai has been killed. more on that later. >> and dangerous situations potentially with this heat wave. >> steve rudin in the belfort furniture weather center. it could be a record-breaking day for heat for the district and >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> straight ahead, a powerful storm caused damage and knocked out power across the region just as we prepare for a day of oppressive heat. the timing could not be worse. good morning to you, washington. >> it is now 6:30. >> to get straight to traffic and weather every 10 minutes. it could be dangerously hot if you don't take it easy. >>> check on those who don't have air-conditioning. the air quality will be code orange. look at these temperatures. tuesday morning 6:30, it is 78 degrees at reagan national and already 80 in lexington park, maryland. a heat advisory will go into effect at the noontime hour for the district and surrounding counties. frederick and loudoun county are not under the advisory but it will still be ho
as it develops. again, four people are killed at a memorial service for the half brother of hamid karzai, killed a couple of days ago. >>> back to domestic politics here. by the admission of the participants themselves, the budget negotiations between congressional leaders and the president have taken a step backward. today will be the fifth consecutive white house meeting to try to reach a deal on raising the debt ceiling. without a resolution in sight, house speaker john boehner is comparing the talks to jell-o, saying, "some days it is firmer than others. some days it's like they've left it out overnight." but sources from both parties zayed was the most tense meeting yet, with the big sparks coming from president obama and house majority leader eric cantor. there was a push for the short term increase to the debt limit. the president refused to agree to that. the president said, i have reached the point where i say enough. would ronald reagan be sitting here? i've reached my limit. this may bring my presidency down, but i will not yield on this. that a quote from the president as characteriz
. his father was killed by htthe taliban. he was succeeded by hamid karzai. ahmad wali karzai was in that tradition. she used his powers to try to consolidate the position of his brother. she said to his brother, i will get kandahar because they have a saying, whoever controls kandahar controls afghanistan. this morning, who controls kandahar is what everyone is wondering. >> and the draft and the horn of africa is worsening, and 8 official has said that he hopes the way can be found to deliver aid to somalis. death rates have been staggering. mike wooleridge reports. >> an uncertain start of a new life. hundreds of somalis moving into the refugee camp, one of the 3 existing camps. and problematic ever since it opened late last night. a hot, dust-filled wind blows to the camp for much of the time, and for now too few of the refugees have the protection of a tent. high death rates here. a delegation representing the you have and other donors came to see what needs to be done to prevent the refugee emergency turning into a disaster. >> the main key is the focus on the humanitari
in afghanistan, a deadly bombing at the funeral of hamid karzai's half brother. >> plus not bluffing, the president issues a warning for congressional leaders before walking out of the latest debt meeting. >>> and now, ample warning, metro announcing a year's worth of station closings, including a major one during one of the busiest travel times of the year. good morng. i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist. eun yang is off today. welcome to "news 4 today" as we take a live look outside right now. it's 5:00 a.m. and we are down at 68 degrees. so much cooler than it's been the last couple of morning. and it's going to stay this way for awhile. >> i just thought i could hear a chorus of aaah off in the distance. >> and applause for you. >> thank you very much. thank you very much. well, we've had a wonderful change occur overnight. you can see it in the sky there. look at the visibility. excellent visibility this morning. the summer haze is gone. and temperature down to a comfy 71 at reagan national. mid 70s right by the bay, just a mile away from the waters. down into the 60s on t
president hamid karzai is dead today. killed by gunmen who barged into his home in central afghanistan. there he is on the left meeting american commanders back in 2002 when he was a provincial governor. officials say the attackers also killed a member of afghanistan's parliament and conned security detail. this days after president karzai's brother was assassinated in kandahar. david, tell us about what's happening right here. >> reporter: hi, fred. just moments ago we spoke with both nato and afghan officials. this gun battle that has been raging since about 8:00 p.m. local time here in kabul continues. what we've learned is that afghan security forces are being led by afghan national police. now, this is significant because nato and part of the transition made it clear that they're intent on positions more and more authority toward afghan forces. today was actually the first day of the transition period to be extended over the next two years. what we see right now, the afghan national police taking the lead in this gun battle. as you said, at least three attackers entered the home o
is the report. >> it was an emotional moment for president hamid karzai. burying his half-brother a day after his shocking killing. ahmad wali karzai was laid to rest here, at his ancestral village in kandahar. afterwards, a plea from the president to those behind his death. >> my message for them is, my countrymen, my brothers, stop killing your own people. it is easy to kill, and everyone can do it. but the real man is the one you can save people's lives. >> the funeral drew many. top members of the afghan government, pashtun tribesmen, and ordinary citizens, all here for a last glimpse of one of afghanistan's most powerful men. and even at the funeral, a bomb targeted the governor of helmand as he made his way to the ceremony. he escaped unhurt, but four policemen were injured. it is a grim reminder of the tense situation that is unfolding in the aftermath of mr. karzai's death. already questions are being raised on the manner in which he was killed and who could have carried it out. ahmad wali karzai was seen by many as someone who could come to the taliban, especially in a part of the co
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guard killed the powerful half brother of president hamid karzai. >>> and back in this country, residents in parts of massachusetts and connecticut are cleaning up this morning following a series of strong storms. heavy rain with wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour battered the area on tuesday. hundreds of trees and power poles were brought down, cutting electricity to thousands. one person was killed and several homes damaged. >> it took out our living room, our kitchen, bedroom, a deck and a swimming pool. >> deadly tornadoes struck the same area last month, causing millions of dollars in damage. >>> oregon congressman david wu is resigning over allegations he had an unwanted sexual encounter with an 18-year-old woman. wu says the encounter was consensual but will leave office after the resolution of a debt ceiling issue. he is the second democrat in the last six weeks to resign following a sex scandal. >>> bob schieffer has a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." >> america's fighting men and women come home to a hero's welcome, but they also come home to a tough econ
hamid karzai can stay around if it is so easy to kill his brother. >> thank you for the update. just across the border in afghanistan, officials in pakistan say at least 40 people have been killed and dozens injured in suspected you estrone attacks. the strikes targeted the northwestern tribal belt close to the border. missiles hit a vehicle and a compound. hours later, in the south, another area was hit. the death toll could rise. moody's causing more turmoil in europe today. "just when you think the situation is under control, there comes the next blow. the rating agencies moody's has cut ireland's bonds to junk status and has warned a further downgrade. it has been a fallevolatile day. stocks rebounded after six days of losses. the whole euros own is jittery. the leaders are talking about holding a crisis meeting to fight the contagion. -- the whole eurozone is jittery. >> this is one of the top rating institutions in europe. they ended the day up almost 6%. the european traders were panicking that the debt crisis might be spreading to italy. many put the blame on the politicians.
top headlines this morning. another blow to afghan president hamid karzai's inner circle, after gunmen killed one of his close advisers as well as a member of parliament. the taliban is claiming responsibility. it comes less than a week after the assassination of karzai's half-brother. >>> some terrifying moments in canada, when a sudden and violent storm caused the main stage in ottawa blues festival to collapse. the performing band, cheap trick, managed to escape unharmed, but at least five stage volunteers were hurt, one seriously. >>> and, first it was mila kunis, then justin timberlake. now 90-year-old actress betty white has been invited to the marine corps ball. in a youtube video, sergeant ray lewis called the legendary golden girl funny, sweet and mature, the all-around perfect woman. >>> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,479, after gaining 42 points on friday. the s&p rose 7 points. the nasdaq climbed 27. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei added 38 points. but in hong kong, the hang sen
. afghan president hamid karzai's half brother was shot and killed today in his own house by a friend. to critics, ahmed ali karzai, head of the provincial council, had become a symbol of corruption within the karzai administration. >>> supporters of syrian president assad stormed the u.s. and french embassies in damascus on monday smashing windows and spraying graffiti. this as secretary of state hillary clinton said assad has lost legitimacy in the wake of his country's brutal crackdown on protesters. >>> the justice department has issued new gun shop rules for the four southwestern border states, requiring dealers to alert the federal government to frequent buyers of high-powered rifles. it's part of an effort to stem the flow of weapons into mexico. >>> a possible curve ball for the fan that caught derek jeter's 3,000th career hit and returned the ball graciously. the "new york times" reports christian lopez may have to pay taxes on the value of his reward. four tickets to every yankees game for the rest of the season. >>> now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off
, and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. afghan president hamid karzai's half brother was shot and killed today in his own house by a friend. to critics, ahmed walid karzai, head of the provincial council, had become a symbol of corruption within the karzai administration. the taliban has claimed responsibility. >>> the justice department has issued new gun shop rules for the four southwestern border states requiring dealers to alert the federal government to frequent buyers of high-powered rifles. it's part of an effort to stem the illicit flow of weapons into mexico. >>> two people were gored this morning, on the sixth day of spain's failous running of the bulls in pamplona. officials say one person suffered a horn injury to the back, while another was hit in the shoulder. >>> and a possible curve ball for the fan who caught derek jeter's 3,000th career hit. and then graciously gave him back the ball. "the new york times" reports that christian lopez may have 0 to pay tax on the value of his reward. four tickets to the yankees game for the rest of the season. an early look at
about the shocking assassination of president hamid karzai's half-brother. a man who was also a powerful figure in his own right, shot in cold blood at his home by a trusted associate. we have the story from kabul. >> reporter: hi, ann. ahmed wali karzai, he was lured and killed in his home by a trusted security guard and confidant named sardar muhammad. out of a meeting and shot in cold blood. he was shot and killed by other security guards. he used the trust to lure him out of a meeting and shoot him in cold blood. he was also shot and killed by other security guards. the taliban have claimed responsibility saying they had been working with the killer for, quote, some time." awk was an infamous power broker in kandahar province, a key province and the spiritual home of the taliban and considered to be a part of the drug trade but u.s. and nato officials say they needed him, a stabilizing figure in an otherwise unstable region. his death leaves behind a power vacuum and is considered a big victory for the taliban, ann? >> thank you so much. >>> another milestone up in space today as two
as defense secretary. he met with hamid karzai in kabul. he said the death of osama bin laden has helped generate new information about other al qaeda leaders. . >>> the news of the world is signing off tomorrow with one final headline -- thank you and good-bye. the final edition of the british tabloid will pay tribute to the many scoops over the paper's 68-year history. rupert murdoch ordered the paper closed this week after a phone-hacking scandal exploded. murdoch is scheduled to fly to london tomorrow to deal with the growing police investigation there. reporters and vetters are accused of hacking into the phones of celebrities, the royal family, murder victims, even dead british soldiers. >> these people could have had their phones hacked into in order to generate stories for a newspaper, is simply disgusting. >> some british leaders called for other tabloids in london to be investigated. there are reports that rupert murdoch's son james could be facing charges in the case as well. murdoch, among other things, owns fox news here in the united states. >>> fire sending thousands of fa
the service of the brother of hamid karzai, ahmed wali karzai who was assassinated this week. >> i was if this mosque 30 minutes before the explosion took place. the memorial service for ahmed wali karzai was taking place. government officials, people from across the country. security was extremely tight. i was talking to other people when the explosion took place. according to eyewitnesses who were inside the mosque, as soon as the attacker tried to get inside the mosque, he was stopped by security guards, he detonated his explosive vest killing a prominent religious leader and injuring 10 others. doctors at the main hospital have told me they have five dead bodies. the scene here is one of chaos and panic. all the key roads have been closed and in the last 30 minutes or so, there have been visible decreases in traffic. shops have been closed as well. >> some other stories for you. united nation's reports a 15% increase in civilian deaths across afghanistan since last year. the u.n. assistance mission said there were 1,462 civilian deaths in the first half of this year alone. most
killed. now, the attack came just hours after two gunmen killed a top aide to afghan president hamid karzai. he was shot to death at his home in kabul. also killed were a police officer and a parliamentarian who was meeting with kahn. both gunmen were killed by the security forces. taliban claims responsibility. >>> back here in the u.s., a lot of people believe that this is the make or break week to reach a compromise on raising the national debt ceiling that we have been hearing so much about. joel brown explains how democratic and republican leaders are now scrambling with that looming deadline. >>> reporter: the white house isn't giving up on a massive deficit reduction deal. >> there's still time to get something big done. the president has made it clear he wants to do something substantial. >> reporter: with the default deadline just 15 days way, president obama and congressional leaders are scrambling to slash government spending and raise the debt limit. tomorrow, the house is expected to vote on the republicans cut, cap and balance plan that calls for immediate cuts and aggr
in afghanistan, after the murder of his half brother this week, the afghan brother hamid karzai, overcome with grief, climbed in his own brother's freshly dug grave, sobbing uncontrollably. >>> this week marked the 100th anniversary of the time when a guy landed a plane on the white house lawn, something they frown upon these days. >>> chicagoans this week have someone new to look up to. the massive marilyn monroe. it's the work of the famous sculptor sue ber sewer johnson. >>> and we lost a voice this week that reminded a lot of us of the good old days. ♪ i'm going to tell the world that i love you ♪ >> while way too many teenagers sang it erroneously on the car radio, the vocalist was rob grill of the grass roots. he died this week at the age of 67. less well known, the fact that the lead guitarist on that song was creed bratton, the guy who plays creed on "the office" on nbc. and that was a surprise to a lot of people in our office at nbc. so we all learned something this week. >>> and that ends the week on a friday night in new york. thank you for being here with us for all of it.
out of kandahar, afghanistan. a bomb attack at the funeral of president hamid karzai's brother. a roadside bomb exploded just yards from a motorcade for a local governor. officials say two soldiers were injured. the president's half-brother ahmed wali karzai was assassinated earlier this week. >>> congressional leaders will resume talks with president obama on increasing the nation's debt limit. that's a day after the president walked out of the room during a contentious meeting. he apparently became angry with republicans who demanded that he accept a short-term debt limit increase. he told gop leaders he would veto any short-term fix and then threatened them not to call his bluff. republicans still refuse to accept any plan that includes a tax increase. president obama has given lawmakers until tomorrow to decide whether they can reach a deal. he may also call congressional leaders to camp david for a summit this weekend. >>> here's an indication of just how much is riding on these debt talks. moody's investor services is threatening to lower the u.s. credit rating. it says t
in separate attacks. >>> and yesterday another top aid to president hamid karzai -- the taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks. petraeus is returning to the u.s. to become the new director of the cia. >>> casey anthony is now free. she walked out of a florida jail yesterday 12 days after a jury acquitted her on murder charges, related to the death of her 2-year-old daughter caylee three years ago. she faces an uphill battle as she tries to return to normal life. one attorney says elaborate plans are in place to keep her safe from the lynch mob mentality. >>> in some parts of the country, there is no relief from the extreme heat, what's being described as a dangerous heat wave, it's moving eastward in the coming week and will encompass most of the eastern seaboard. the east is expect a heat index in the triple digits making it feel like 100 to 110 degrees or even higher. >>> a new report's out on the controversial question on whether parents should sleep with their toddlers. according to the american academy of pediatrics, it's okay if the child is at least a year old. there's n
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